Jeremy BlackFeb 12, 2021
A History of the 20th Century
Conflict, Technology & Rock'n'roll
Sirius Entertainment 2021
Jeremy Black – professor of history at Exeter University, and one of the world’s most prolific writers – has just published an outstanding illustrated history of the twentieth century, in A History of the 20th Century: Conflict, Technology & Rock'n'roll (Sirius Entertainment, 2021).
In 250 pages, and with copious and superbly chosen illustrations, he unpacks the realities of rapid population growth and the political, economic and cultural changes that came in its wake.
Thinking about the reality of American dominance of the West, and the rise and fall of rival anti-imperial powers elsewhere, while never forgetting the importance of experiences in the so-called “third world,” Black pulls together themes that explain the horrors and achievements of this period – and which never fail to surprise.
Crawford Gribben is a professor of history at Queen’s University Belfast.